Chelsea play Arsenal tomorrow night at the Emirates in their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg, with the tie 0-0 from the first leg at Stamford Bridge. They will have to travel to north London without Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas though, as Antonio Conte has revealed that neither player will be available for the derby.
Conte said: “Morata and Fabregas are out, they are not available for the Arsenal game.
“Then, I have to check a couple of situations. Morata has a problem in his back. I have to check a couple of situations before making the best decision.”
Andreas Christensen, however, will be fit to play after the defender was substituted because of a head injury during Chelsea’s 4-0 win against Brighton on Saturday.
“Now I have the chance to reach the Carabao Cup. The [first] game was different and in this case you have two games to reach the final.
“For this reason, after a 0-0 draw, for sure the game will be very open.”
Elsewhere, it has been revealed that Seamus Coleman will be part of Everton’s U23 squad tonight as they play Portsmouth at Goodison Park in a Premier League Cup game. The 29-year-old hasn’t played since March, when he lined out for Ireland against Wales for a World Cup qualifier. He had his leg broken after a horrific challenge from Wales defender Neil Taylor.
It’s great to see that the right-back has almost recovered from that awful injury, and fingers crossed he’ll come back the same player as he was before the injury. He will now also have to provide support for his Ireland and Everton team-mate, James McCarthy. McCarthy suffered a similar injury on Saturday, and was due to have surgery yesterday. It’s going to be a long road back for the Scot, who qualifies to play for Ireland through his family, and hopefully Coleman can offer him the right support to help him get through what will be a long few months of recovery.